Research in the lab focuses on understanding the genetic basis of emerging plant diseases caused by fungi. We are particularly interested in the evolutionary processes that contribute to population-level diversity and the formation of new species. We aim to uncover the genetic basis for differences in pathogenicity, virulence, climate adaptation, and host specialization. We want to understand differences between agricultural and natural populations of fungal plant pathogens and how agriculture shapes population structure and diversity.
Other interests include phylogeography, fungal mating systems, and using population genetics to solve problems in the field including sources of inoculum, pathogen overwintering mode, populations overcoming host resistance, and the evolution of fungicide resistance.
NewsHuge mushroom arrives in Georgia
The largest mushroom in the Western Hemisphere, Macrocybe titans, has made its way to Georgia and into the news. Read all about it here.
Basidium wins APS art contest
"Patrick Star" the basidium wins American Phytopathological Society (APS) Art Contest taking 1st place in Humor. Created by Ashley Turner, it is a scanning electron microscope image of a developing basidium of Exobasidium maculosum on rabbiteye blueberry. The name "Patrick Star" was chosen by Ashley and Marin. Patrick Star is now the mascot of our labs. Check him out on the APS site!